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Southern Brazil hit by worst floods in 80 years – at least 37 killed

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People are being rescued from a flood-stricken area in Sao Sebastiao do Cai in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Photo: Carlos Macedo / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 05/03/2024 19:54:01

Economy and business: The flood is caused by heavy rainfall in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, which borders Uruguay and Argentina. In a number of cities, streets have turned into rivers, and roads and bridges have been destroyed. The storm also caused landslides.

It is the fourth flood disaster to hit Brazil in a year. The floods in July, September and November 2023 claimed a total of 75 lives. At the state level, the ongoing situation has surpassed the historically large flood of 1951, according to Brazilian geologists.

In some cities, the water level is at its highest level since measurements began almost 150 years ago.

Over 23,000 people from a wide range of cities have had to leave their homes as a result of the flood, according to the civil defence. 300,000 people are without electricity after a hydropower plant was damaged.

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, together with Governor Eduardo Leite, got to see the affected areas from a plane on Thursday.

– I told the governor and my ministers that the government is going to do everything it can, said Lula.

Until recently, the weather in large parts of the world has been characterized by the phenomenon of El Niño, which usually leads to intense rainfall in southern Brazil. Part of El Niño’s effects have been amplified by global warming.

(© NTB)

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